Episode 78 “Gun Violence & Mental Health”

Guns and Mental Health

It seems like whenever a mass shooting occurs, mental health or illness makes its way into the conversation. Why? Because mental illness is always tied to the cause and reason someone picks up a gun and goes into a store and kills people. But is that true? And better yet is it fair to further stigmatize mental illness and tie it to violence with no evidence just to avoid the inevitable conversation about guns? On this podcast I do my best to never push an agenda other than promoting mental health and I find it very dangerous to link gun violence with mental illness without any evidence to support it. So what does the data say about mental illness and violence? Are the mentally ill more likely to pick up a gun and kill someone else? We discuss on today’s episode.

On today’s episode i reference the following articles.

https://www.theweek.co.uk/102642/gun-violence-why-does-the-us-have-so-many-mass-shootings

https://time.com/5645747/gun-violence-mental-illness/

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